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OH: Roswell man angry over shootings of hunting dogs

June 17, 2012

By Mike Barnabi, TimesReporter.com

In a lot of ways, hunting coyotes with dogs can be a dangerous undertaking.
 
But Dan Fantin of Roswell never expected other people to be more of a threat to his dogs than the animals they are chasing.
 
“I don’t know what’s going on,” an upset Fantin told me recently. “We’ve had three dogs killed with high-powered rifles the last two years. There are just too many people out there who feel like they have to shoot something — even if it’s a dog!”
 
Two dogs were shot and killed in Carroll County two years ago and one was killed this past season in Tuscarawas County. Another dog was shot with a bow near Peoli several years ago.
 
“The one shot with the bow survived, but it was never the same,” said Fantin.
 
“We always have tracking collars on our dogs and we had the guy in Carroll County, but the dogs belonged to an Amish guy and his religious beliefs wouldn’t let him file charges against the guy. He shot the dogs, hauled them away and threw them in a ditch.
 
“We got the guy this year and I think he will think twice about shooting another dog. He got fined $3,000, plus court costs.”

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